Research Innovation Accelerator

Established in July 2019 our goal is to launch life sciences discoveries at Purdue towards commercialization. To this end, we are organizing the university’s technical, intellectual and other resources for early commercialization efforts. Our focus is on discoveries still housed in academia as well as with fragile early-stage startup companies – so that these entities can more rapidly and effectively obtain their proof-of-concept data or build their prototype to attract external funding and move to the next stage.



BARDA, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, was established to aid in securing our nation from chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) threats, as well as from pandemic influenza (PI) and emerging infectious diseases (EID). In Sep 2019, Purdue joined the 13-member BARDA DRIVe Accelerator network. This network consists of organizations that assist in identifying and supporting the development and commercialization of technologies that will aid in fulfilling this mission.

Learn about DRIVe and the current program areas here, check out the latest EZ-BAA (Oct 22, 2020) to read about the specifics of what DRIVe is currently funding and looking for in proposals, or contact us at Purdue for more information.

New as of November 2020 – Multiple $10,000 prizes for the “Modernize the Mask” challenge. DRIVe is sponsoring regional contests through its accelerator network to help bring better face masks to market in order to better combat COVID-19 and future pandemics. These will feed into a nation competition. In the Midwest, the accelerator network is represented by Purdue University, the University of Missouri Midwest BioAccelerator and University Enterprise Laboratories / Gener8tor, located adjacent to the University of Minnesota.

All you need to enter the regional contest is a great idea and an entrepreneurial spirit! Multiple winners of each regional contest will receive $10,000 and other support to assist in the creation of prototypes for testing so that they can advance to the national competition. Contact us at Purdue, click here for a short summary, or click here for more in-depth information.